Wild horses head to gallows as cowboy Prez exits (US)

By DEANNE STILLMAN

Selected excerpts cross-posted from the Huffington Post

As if the situation were not disturbing enough, wild horses are once again heading for the gallows.

Thanks to a report just issued by the GAO, the Bureau of Land Management – tasked with overseeing the country’s mustang populations – should implement euthanasia as a tool in handling wild horse populations. That means that the 30,000 wild horses now in government housing (more than are in the wild) may soon be eradicated – the result of a decades-long war against the wild horse that has reached its crescendo under the Bush administration, and is now fueled by cost-cutting hysteria sweeping federal agencies.

The original law, the Free-Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act, was signed in 1971 by Richard Nixon, who, in a bizarre footnote to history, quoted Thoreau in an impassioned defense of the wild horse at the signing ceremony. The Burns rollback paved the way for the current disaster.

Now is the time for citizens to stand up for wild horses – the animal that blazed our trails, fought our wars, and at this very moment is making its last stand. As the great cowboy scribe Will James wrote years ago, “They really belong not to man, but to that country of junipers and sage, of deep arroyos, mesas – and freedom.”

Please get in touch with President-elect Obama, as well as your representatives and senators, and let them know that a) the extermination of our great partner – the wild horse – is not how you would like your tax dollars to be spent; b) Congress should take a hard look at exactly why so many wild horses have been rounded up in recent years, and c) getting rid of the wild horse is un-American. >> Read entire post at HuffPo.

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